Notre Dame (9) vs Louisville
Monday, September 2 nd, 8:00 PM at Cardinal Stadium
Swinging Johnson: This week Doug Upstone and render our school football picks on the Monday night game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and then that I shall deviate to dip our feet into uncharted waters.
It will almost certainly be the very first and only time this season we do so, as the previous week of exhibition NFL soccer is somewhat lackluster compared to some regular-season game of NCAA football comprising one of the best clubs in the country, and a mythical soccer program to boot, Notre Dame.
Without further ado, let us start the discussion after my buddy Doug Upstone got the best of me last week while the Titans were supported by me. We have been placing wins forth and back so it looks like its my turn for the wreath, as the Irish are heartily endorsed by me and will accompany the squares putting the thick lumber on a public road favorite.
After reviewing the college football odds almost six days ahead of the Monday night affair, I see that the line has spiked a half-point on the favorite, opening at Notre Dame -19 1/2 to where it is currently offered in a solid -20 round the board at all the best internet sportsbooks.
Doug, I enjoy the Irish but youre currently leaning to the Cardinals. Other than the place is it that you think Louisville will hang with the boys out of South Bend?
Doug Upstone: Yup , Swinger, a triumph and at least IMO, it said a lot about the management of the Steelers and Titans. Lets move to real soccer, will our records on this one and where the matches rely.
Recall those Thursday night matches Louisville utilized to perform against big-name competitions? They more than held their own and engineered several upsets. These were fun games to watch and also the Cardinals were a thrilling club.
However, just for example the former Papa Johns Stadium and its counterfeit (in real life) proprietor, Louisville soccer last year was worse than the usual three-day-old pizza.
Scott Satterfield are out to alter the civilization and win games and worked miracles. This will not happen right away as the talent level is down in theVille. This is a huge moment for Louisville, a team that has the opportunity to begin taking steps in the right direction.
Ive read in which the Cards coaches have popped up the slow mechanics of QB Jawon Pass (good name for a QB) and that I enjoy Hassan Hall since the lead running back. The defense, well, that makes me more nervous than having a ticket for the Colts at OVER 9. You have up your Irish, please dont forget.
Swinging Johnson: The Cardinals will not be doing much since the Notre Dame defense will keep them snug in their nest, flying into this match. Scott Satterfield is currently in the big leagues and he has a team last year, where they went winless in ACC activity coming from a dismal 2-10 record. This rebuild is comparable to trying to turn it in an F-22 Raptor and carrying a hot air balloon.
While that may eventually occur, the issue is that Louisville is confronting a team that made it to the CFP this past year and owned one of the stingiest defenses in all of college football, devoting only 17.2 points within the normal season and moving a perfect 12-0 till they fulfilled Clemson in the CFP semifinals. The offense was clicking on all cylinders averaging over 33 points per match.
My question is, how will be a quarterback like traveling who is slow to release, designed to gain any traction against a swarming defense? Especially when hes working with a new coach and an offensive scheme that is entirely new?
Please, Doug, rescue me I am lost! I see no way, shape or form in which Louisville will have the ability to keep pace and Im desperate to prodigious handicapping experience and your ancestral wisdom!
Doug Upstone: Well, Swinger, I am pleased to read in your last sentence you are coming on to the glowing side of sport betting, or youre just being the exact shrewd a** you usually are. I will let the SBR readers who are currently making college football picks decide on that. Im the first to understand Louisville was 1-11 ATS, although not just 2-10 and fully pumped last year.
But that staff COMPLETELY gave up on coach Bobby Petrino, just like he gave up around the Atlanta Falcons. A new coach brings a fresh attitude on making a statement and this being a national game, his team will be sold by Satterfield. Louisville does need to trust they will not be taken by the Irish for granted and not have much fight.
Let us also consider, Brian Kelly using gold and the blue is just 10-13-1 ATS as a road favorite, also a mere 7-9-1 ATS when dishing out more or 20 digits. That defense you said might improve as the year progresses but substituting five starters, whenever you dont/can not amuse like Bama or even Clemson, it will take some time.
I was a bit facetious because though you have an handicapping that was impressive restart, you miss the mark from time to time. And in this instance, you happen to be shooting blanks because Louisville could be greater than last year but I would submit that they could be trained by a Rhesus monkey and improve upon their deplorable document left by an awkward coach such as Petrino.
I know that laying nearly three touchdowns on the road is square biz for certain and Joe Q. Public never got rich by betting the heavy road chalk, but on occasion the people is right, and in this situation they certainly are. Until once we get down on our NFL Game of the Week next week, lets see what happens on Monday night when the Irish come prepared to rumble in Louisville.
Free College Football Pick: Swinging Johnson — Notre Dame -20 (-110)
Free College Football Pick: Doug Upstone — Louisville +20 (-110)
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